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A Quick Post Easter Update From Label Planet

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

We’re open again after taking an extended Easter break last week.

We’ve been working through all of the orders, emails, and sample requests that we received over the break and we’re delighted (and relieved) to announce that we’re – almost – all caught up.

Orders placed over the Easter Break (14th-23rd April) have now been despatched (stocked items) or have been processed for production (made to order items). We’re working our way through emails and sample requests so don’t panic if you haven’t heard back from us – we’re getting there!

If you do have any urgent concerns or queries about placing an order or about an order you’ve already placed, please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Wishing You All A Hoppy-Happy Easter Weekend From Label Planet!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Yes, this weekend is the Easter Weekend and, whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Whether you’re taking the family on a hunt for chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies or you’re simply looking forward to a long weekend, we hope you enjoy the break.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for a short Easter holiday; our office will close at 5pm tomorrow and we will re-open on Monday 24th April at 9am.

Orders of 500+ sheets will be processed up to 3pm tomorrow but may not despatch until after Easter depending on stock availability. Orders of stocked items (25 sheet packs) will be processed and despatched up to 4:30pm tomorrow.

Any orders placed over the break will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries during this time, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

A Happy New Year From Label Planet!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year To All Of Our Customers!

We hope you had a marvellous time over the Christmas break and had a spectacular start to the New Year.

Here at Label Planet, we’re back in the office and are busy processing orders that were placed over the Christmas holidays. If you did place an order over the break then you should shortly be receiving an email confirming that we have processed your order and it is either being manufactured (made to order items) or will be despatched this afternoon.

Orders of stocked items will be despatched this afternoon via Royal Mail’s first class service (25-200 sheets; if you selected the next day delivery option when you ordered, your order will be despatched via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service) or our next working day carrier service (250+ sheets). New orders, meanwhile, will be processed according to our usual despatch and delivery estimates:

STOCKED ITEMS:
Small Orders (25-200 sheets):
Despatch: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (up to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)
This is not a guaranteed next day service; if you need to receive your order quickly, you can upgrade to Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery option online or by phone – this service will mean your order will arrive by 1pm on the next working day and will require a signature upon delivery. We also offer pre-9am and Saturday delivery options but you must request these by phone.

Medium Orders (250-475 sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday) – a signature upon delivery is required.

Large Orders (500+ sheets):
Despatch: same day via next working day carrier service (up to 3pm, Monday to Friday, subject to stock availability) – a signature upon delivery is required. If an item is temporarily out of stock, it will usually take a couple of working days for your labels to be made and despatched.

Please note: some of our coloured labels have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets, which means that they are kept in stock at our warehouse and are despatched via next working day carrier service – while we do our best to ensure that these items remain in stock, there may be times when an item goes temporarily out of stock and despatch will be delayed a few days while the items are made.

NON-STOCKED/MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (500+ SHEETS):
Despatch: next working day carrier service (once items have been manufactured)
These items are manufactured on a rotating schedule, which means the lead time is UP TO five working days for despatch (although standard paper products are usually despatched more quickly than this).

Please note: if you are ordering 250+ sheets and need your labels in a hurry, you can call us to request a timed delivery service via carrier (such as a pre-10:30am or a pre-noon delivery slot). Orders of 250+ sheets for Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” areas will be sent on a 2-3 working day carrier service.

If you want to order from the Republic of Ireland, you do need to order by phone so that we can quote for and arrange the best possible shipping option for the exact items and quantities that you need to order.

Our office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; to qualify for same day despatch, you must order by 3pm (250+ sheets) or 4:30pm (less than 250 sheets) – and please note that we do NOT offer same day delivery.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering labels from Label Planet – whether you’ve already ordered over the winter break or you’d like to place an order now – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team for assistance.

A Very Merry Christmas from Label Planet!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Merry Christmas from all of us at Label Planet!

On this Eve of Christmas Eve, we would like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have ordered labels from us in 2016. We’ve had a brilliant year and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last twelve months. Hopefully 2017 will be just as good, if not even better!

Whatever plans you’ve got for the rest of the year, we wish you and your family all the very best for this Christmastime and we hope you have a fabulously festive time celebrating in style!

See you in 2017!

Need Some Suitably Seasonal Labels? Try This Selection To Add Shimmer & Sparkle To Your Christmas Goodies!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Whether you’re looking for Christmas product labels, labels to finish off your Christmas themed event or marketing materials, or just want the perfect labels for your Christmas cards, invites, and presents, this post lists our absolute favourites to add that finishing touch of Christmas magic!

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Gold and silver are our most popular colours at this time of year and for good reason; these paper labels have a wonderfully decorative semi-gloss textured finish that is about as Christmassy as it gets! These labels create a subtle shimmer that is luxurious and classic, which makes them a perfect choice for any project that needs that little bit of Christmas joy.

KRAFT LABELS
Perhaps a less obvious choice, the natural warm finish of these kraft paper labels makes them another popular choice for this time of year. They’re especially popular for homemade arts and crafts projects and for companies who want to promote their goods and/or services as having the friendly personalised feel of homemade or handcrafted items.

COLOURED LABELS
If you just want to add a bit of fun to your Christmas items, our coloured labels are a brilliantly quick and easy way to add a subtle bloom or sharp burst of colour. You can choose between seven gentle pastel shades or go all out with our five fabulous fluorescent colours.

GLOSS TRANSPARENT LABELS
Another less obvious choice, our gloss transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative option that adds a bright shine to all of your labelled items. You can use these labels to add information or a personalised message to any item without covering up the surface of the item (or its packaging) – so if you’re trying to add a label to items that have been especially printed with a Christmas design, you can add your extra information without covering up your seasonal theme. They’re also a really easy way to avoid colour matching issues and are the perfect label to choose if you want to add a personalised seasonal seal to envelopes or packaging. We have two options available; gloss transparent labels (for laser printers) and gloss clear labels (for inkjet printers).

Labels are a brilliant way to add a completely unique finishing touch to any Christmas item; you can print your labels with a unique design to personalise each and every item, add a handwritten message, or even use your labels as materials for craft-inspired projects, such as making your own Christmas stationery and decorations.

To add your own personal spark of Christmas magic to your products, cards, invitations, or gifts this year, visit our website and take a look through our wonderful range of label materials to see if we’ve got something that will give your project(s) that perfect festive finish!

How To Print Christmas Labels Using Word’s Mail Merge Tool

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Yes, it is that time of year once again, where we revisit Word’s Mail Merge Tool to help guide you through the process of creating Christmas labels using a Word template and a database (e.g. an Excel Spreadsheet). If you’ve got a list of addresses or a product database that you’d like to turn into Christmas Address Labels or Christmas Product Labels but aren’t sure how to go about setting up a mail merge, this is the blog post for you!

We recommend using the built in “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard” and so this blog will describe how to complete a mail merge using the Wizard; if you wish, you can choose to do the steps manually.

Things you will need before you start:

  • A saved database, such as an Excel spreadsheet, that contains the information you want to include on your labels (e.g. addresses or product details)
  • The Avery template code that matches your labels, the measurements of your labels, OR a saved copy of a Word template that matches your labels (e.g. one that you have downloaded from our template section!)

GETTING STARTED – Enter the “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard”
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Open Word and create a blank document. Click on the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page, then click on “Start Mail Merge”, and select “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard”. This adds a Mail Merge pane to the right hand side of your screen, which will guide you through the SIX steps involved in completing a mail merge. Simply follow the instructions at the top of the pane before clicking on the “Next” link at the bottom of the pane to move on to the next step.

STEP ONE: Select document type.
Easy peasy! Select “Labels” and then click “Next: Starting document”.

STEP TWO: Select starting document.
If you are printing labels that are the same as Avery labels, you should use the built in Avery template.
For example, our LP21/63 label size is the same as Avery’s L7160 label size – as shown below.
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Leave the top option as “Change document layout” and click on “Label options”. Make sure that the Label Vendor is set to Avery A4/A5 (or Avery Zweckform) and then click OK. This will bring up the template that you will use to design your labels.
If you cannot see the outline of the template, you have Table Gridlines turned off; click on the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page, and click “View Gridlines”.

If you do NOT have a compatible Avery code then you will either need to use the “New Label” button in the “Label Options” box to enter the measurements of your label sheets to create your own template OR you will need to use the “Start from existing document” option in the Mail Merge pane. Click “Open” to find and select your saved template file. Then click “Next: Select Recipients” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP THREE: Select Recipients
Leave the top option as “Use existing list” and click on “Browse” to find and select your database. If your database is made up of multiple sets of data – for example, if you have an Excel spreadsheet with multiple sheets – you may be presented with a “Select Table” box; simply select the sheet that contains the information that you want to print and select OK.

If you need to make adjustments to your list, you can use the “Mail Merge Recipients” box to sort, filter, remove, or validate addresses in your list. Once you are happy with your list, or if you don’t need to make any amends, click on the OK button.
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You should now see a <<Next Record>> rule in each of your labels APART from the top left label. If you aren’t using an Avery template (or a template you set up using the “New Label” button in “Label Options”) your template will be blank. You need to manually add the <<Next Record>> rule to your labels by left clicking once inside one of your labels (NOT the top left one), clicking on “Rules” in the Mailings tab, and selecting the Next Record option from the list. You don’t have to repeat this for each label; you can simply copy the first <<Next Record>> and paste it into the rest of the labels (NOT the top left one).
Then click on “Next: Arrange Your Labels” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP FOUR: Arrange your labels
This is the part where you design your labels! You CAN just add your information as a block of text OR you can put in some extra design features, such as a company logo or a friendly picture to personalise your labels.

The easiest way to add information from your database is to use the built in options in the Mail Merge pane (Address block or Greeting line), but you can also use the “More items…” option in the Mail Merge pane or the “Insert Merge Field” option in the Mailings tab to add a placeholder for any bit of information from your database anywhere within your label design. A placeholder takes the form of <<Information Name>> where “Information Name” is the column header from your database; once you complete your merge, each placeholder will be replaced with the relevant piece of information from your database.

You must make sure that the <<Next Record>> rule always comes BEFORE the first bit of information that is pulled from your database in each label.

Mail merge is really designed to create a set of labels that share the same basic design but are each printed with information from a different record in your database (e.g. address labels with the same design but a different address on each label); to design your labels, set up your design in the top left label and then use “Update all labels” in the Mail Merge pane to instantly add your design to the rest of your labels. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can ignore the “Update all labels” option and add different designs to your labels manually.

If you are not using an Avery template or a template you have set up using the “New Label” button in “Label Options”, the “Update all labels” option is NOT available and you will need to set up each label individually – although you can still add your design to the top left label and then use copy and paste to transfer it into the other labels.

If you are using the Address block or Greeting line options, you may need to use the “Match Fields” function to tell Word which column in your database correlates to each element of the built in option. For example, if your spreadsheet doesn’t use the exact same column headings as the different elements in Word’s built in Address block, you can use the “Match Fields” function to tell Word that you want it to use the information from your column “Customer Surname” to fill in the “Last Name” element in the Address block (and so on). This also means you can use the Address block function even if you aren’t creating address labels. Use the “Preview” box to check through a few records to make sure you’re happy with how the information will be displayed.

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When you are happy with your design, click on “Next: Preview Your Labels” in the Mail Merge pane.

STEP FIVE: Preview your labels
This step shows you what your labels look like once the placeholders have been replaced with the information from your database. We recommend using the “Preview another label” or “Find a recipient” options to check through a few different records to make sure that your design and layout works for each one. For example, you have may have one or two entries that are much longer than others, which could throw out the positioning of your design (perhaps even pushing some of your design off the edges of your label). If you need to, use the “Previous: Arrange your labels” option at the bottom of the Mail Merge pane to go back and correct any problems that you’ve found.

STEP SIX: Complete the merge
At this stage you can save your mail merged template, print your completed labels, or make some final amends/add personalised finishing touches using the “Edit individual labels” option. When you come to print your labels, we STRONGLY recommend that you do a test print FIRST either by selecting the “From…To” option and selecting the first few records from your database to print ONE page of labels or by setting the Page range option in the “Print” box to “Pages: 1” (see below). You should also click on the “Properties” button to check that all of your printer settings are correct; for example, make sure that the page size is set to A4, select a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting, make sure that no scaling options (e.g. Fit To Page) are selected, and that no options such as Ignore Printer Settings or Use Driver Settings are selected.

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Test print the first page of your mail merged template onto blank paper so that you can confirm that the alignment of your template is correct (and amend it if it isn’t) BEFORE you print your labels. For example, if your labels are all printing too high, you can go back and increase the top page margin to move all of your designs into the correct position.

The “Edit individual labels” option creates a new document which contains enough pages to display each of your merged labels (where the original mail merge document shows only one page with the first few entries from your database added).

We hope this guide has helped to demystify the process of completing a mail merge a little, so you can get busy creating your own seasonal labels this Christmas. If you have any queries or encounter a particular problem that isn’t explained by this guide, please take a look through our Printing Advice pages or get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll do our best to help!

We Wish You All A Wonderfully Weird Halloween…

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Yes, tonight is the night that ghouls and ghosts are free to roam the Earth and we hope you have a spooktacular time tonight!

Whether you’re donning your most delightfully devilish costume to scare your neighbours (go trick or treating) or raise some hell (have a party with friends), spending the night on (or behind) the sofa with a line-up of scary films, or simply stuffing your face with sugary goodness because, well, it’s Halloween – we hope you have a wickedly good time!

Give Your Invitations & Decorations A Haunting Halloween Or Blazing Bonfire Theme With Labels From Label Planet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

With Halloween just two weeks away and Bonfire Night not that far off, you might well be in the midst of planning a fantastically frightening Halloween party or a spectacular night of (bon)fires and fireworks for Bonfire Night – and, if you’re making your own invitations or decorations this year, we might well have a few labels that will give your holiday projects that perfect finishing touch!

KRAFT LABELS
These labels are made with brown Kraft paper that has a ribbed finish for a brilliantly subtle touch of pattern and texture. Kraft paper is a wonderful addition to any homemade project, whether you’re making cards and invitations or party decorations. The natural finish of these labels makes them an especially perfect choice for bonfire themed projects.
All of our Kraft Labels can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer.

TRANSPARENT LABELS
Our range of transparent labels might not seem like an obvious choice for Halloween or Bonfire Night BUT they’re an excellent way to add a creative twist to your projects by producing a “floating” effect for your designs. You can use them to make address labels with Halloween or Bonfire Night inspired designs OR use them to add addresses to invitations that have been printed with a Halloween or Bonfire Night theme (so you don’t have to plaster a massive label all over your carefully chosen stationery).

Our removable transparent labels are also a perfect way to create temporary decorations that you can stick around your venue, on walls and doors, windows and floors, and any furniture in between! For example, you could make cobwebs, blood stains, or ghostly apparitions to give your Halloween party a truly terrifying tone OR create your own indoor firework display to match the events going on outside on Bonfire Night.
Our transparent labels include options for permanent and removable adhesives, gloss and matt finishes, and inkjet labels and laser labels.

COLOURED LABELS & FLUORESCENT COLOURED LABELS
If you’re looking for labels that will fit into your holiday colour scheme, we’ve got some perfect options for both Halloween and Bonfire Night. For a more subtle tone, you could try our pastel colours, which include crimson-red, orange-red, and yellow for that autumnal feel (as well as blue and green if you’re going for more unusual Halloween colours).

Alternatively, if you want to make sure your party or event is full of colour, you should definitely check out our range of fluorescent colours, which bring an instant burst of creative colour to any project – we’ve got options for red, orange, yellow, green, and magenta, which should come in handy for both your Halloween and Bonfire Night events.
We supply SEVEN pastel colours, which can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer, and FIVE fluorescent colours, which can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Firm favourites for the autumn (and, we’ll be honest, winter) season, our gold paper labels and silver paper labels have a wonderful semi-gloss textured finish that has a subtle touch of festive sparkle – which makes them ideal for this time of year, whether you’re trying to add a supernatural shimmer to your Halloween festivities or a flame-like finish to your Bonfire Night celebrations.
These labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

Take a look at our List Of All Materials page to see if we’ve got any other labels to give you even more ideas for your holiday projects or simply visit our range pages to choose the label sizes you need and place an order:
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And Back Again! (Post-Easter Update)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

We’re open again after our extended Easter break.

We’ve been hard at work processing all of the orders, sample requests, and emails that we received over the break and we’re delighted to say that we’re pretty much up to date.

Orders placed over our Easter break were processed yesterday, with orders of stocked items being despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service (under 250 sheets) or next working day carrier (250+ sheets) and made to order items being processed for manufacture and/or despatch.

We’re working through the remainder of our orders, emails, and sample requests – so if you haven’t heard back from us yet, please don’t worry – we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. If you have any queries or concerns – whether you placed an order before or during our Easter break or you want to place an order now – please get in touch and our Customer Service team will be happy to help.

A Happy Easter From Label Planet!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Yes, Easter is here early this year and we hope you have a most egg-cellent time over the Easter break, whether you’re hopping off like the Easter Bunny for a short break away or simply relaxing at home with a huge stash of Easter Eggs.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for an extended Easter break from 5pm today and will re-open on Monday 4th April.

All orders placed online during this period will be processed upon our return; if you have any queries or concerns, please send us an email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can when we return.